New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: One Nation, Under Stress

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:08
Sarah Jaffe’s “Necessary Trouble” and Zachary Roth’s “The Great Suppression” examine disparate efforts to further democracy and to restrict it.
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Fiction: Fiction or Standardized Test? ‘Multiple Choice’ Is Both

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:07
In Alejandro Zambra’s latest, “Multiple Choice,” narrative and parody tangle with standardized tests.
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On Poetry: Do People Hate Poetry? According to Ben Lerner, Yes

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:58
In “The Hatred of Poetry,” Ben Lerner maintains that poetry is “often met with contempt rather than mere indifference.”
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Nonfiction: Read It Later: A Procrastinator’s Memoir

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:58
The reporter Phyllis Korkki takes on procrastination and the urge to defer in “The Big Thing.”
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Open Book: Found in Translation

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:57
Tim Parks recommends five of his favorite translated novels.
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Roving Eye: Tim Parks Laments the Excessive Influence of International Book Fairs

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
Even when finely translated, not all good books travel well across cultures.
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Children’s Books: Two New Novels Succeed in Telling the Story of 9/11 to Kids

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
Nora Raleigh Baskin’s “Nine, Ten” and Jewell Parker Rhodes’s “Towers Falling” bring the events surrounding the 2001 terror attacks to a new group of readers.
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Children’s Books: A Y.A. Novel Takes on College Admissions Mania

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:56
An Indian-American negotiates her way through boyfriends, privilege, parties and plagiarism in Rahul Kanakia’s “Enter Title Here.”
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Letters to the Editor

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:55
Readers respond to recent reviews of C. B. George’s “The Death of Rex Nhongo,” Jeffrey Toobin’s “American Heiress” and more.
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By the Book: Jacqueline Woodson: By the Book

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 06:00
The author, most recently, of “Another Brooklyn” loved “The Little Match Girl” as a child. First, “I cried for a week. Then I was done and ready to go out and change the world!”
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Nonfiction: From Humans of New York to Obama’s Office: How a Principal Built a School

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:30
In “The Bridge to Brilliance,” the Brooklyn school principal Nadia Lopez writes about her mission to beat the odds.
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Nonfiction: The Story of How Handwriting Evolved, and May Soon Die Off

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 04:30
“The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” by Anne Trubek, urges a long goodbye and an embrace of a neurological metamorphosis.
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Nonfiction: Memo to Parents: Back Off, and Children Learn More

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 04:30
In “The Gardener and the Carpenter,” Alison Gopnik says children are naturals at learning and have a better chance to develop if parents lighten up.
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Nonfiction: Overselling A.D.H.D.: A New Book Exposes Big Pharma’s Role

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 04:30
“ADHD Nation,” by Alan Schwarz, is important, humane and compellingly written.
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Nonfiction: How to Raise a Mensch

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 04:30
In “Mamaleh Knows Best,” Marjorie Ingall says the values of Jewish mothers produce good children.
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Inside the List

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:00
With little more than two months until Election Day, three of the top five spots on the hardcover nonfiction list are occupied by anti-Clinton books.
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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘I Contain Multitudes’

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:58
Ed Yong talks about “I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life”; and Meghan Daum discusses Egos, her new column about memoirs.
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The Shortlist: War Stories

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:36
New books by Luke Mogelson, Harry Parker, Whitney Terrell and Odie Lindsey.
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Paperback Row

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:26
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:14
In Michael Koryta’s latest nightmare, a self-anointed messiah is preparing to shut down the electrical grid supplying energy to half the country.
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